Which plane next???

  • 15 Jun 2017 10:07 PM
    Message # 4903118
    Anonymous

    Slowly building up my hand tool stash. I have a WR LAB and LAJ. Debating on what to add next. Not sure if a #6 is the next logical step, or a #4 or #4 1/2? Is a # 5 1/2 redundant since I already have the LAJ? I don't plane to be a pure hand tool guy. Will still use my lunchbox planer. Any advice/suggestions? Will stick with WR as I have about $300 in woodcraft gift cards. Also, since it's "cheap", think I'll add a #80 in there too?

  • 16 Jun 2017 12:36 AM
    Reply # 4903182 on 4903118
    I like to let my project dictate my tool purchases. If you're just looking to buy a new tool and enjoy the hand planes I'd suggest a #6 and you'll have enough left over for a couple of reall good IBC chisels.  Or maybe you might want to look at getting some shoulder planes. It's really all going to depend on what you plan on building next. For instance if your next project is going to use mortise and tenon construction and you don't have any mortise chisels, then obviously that's what you would want to purchase.  Also instead of spending all your money on my tool, you might consider purchasing some more exotic more expensive wood for your next project. So instead of using pine maybe you can purchase some Sapele.  Perhaps you might want to purchase some higher grade hardware for your next project instead of tool.  Also I don't know if you drop the money yet on the proper sharpening stones. That's another thing that you might consider purchasing. 


     However if it was me I would simply purchase a really nice set of chisels there's so much that can be done with them.





  • 16 Jun 2017 11:40 AM
    Reply # 4903861 on 4903118
    Anonymous

    Ed,

    Thanks for the response.  I'm currently working on a farm table made from Alder and Sapele (top is sapele, base is alder).  The base is put together using dowels and I'm guessing I'll joint the sapele with biscuits - though the jury is still out on that one.  That said, I was thinking a #6 or a 4/4 1/2 for smoothing the top out when done (or perhaps the #80 for some too).  I'm trying to stay with Woodcraft only because I have the cash/gift cards for it.  I'm anticipating a little more on Sunday too for Father's Day, so that $300 could potentially grow.  I would like to eventually get some nice chisels from LV/LN, but those aren't in the cards now.  Had looked at the Fugikawa japanese chisels that Woodcraft has on sale currently, but know nothing about them and the reviews are old (the ones I could find).  Leaving chisels at WC to be Stanley's or Pfiels.  If I'm going to spend the money  on the Pfiels, I'll just wait and get the LV/LN ones.

  • 17 Jun 2017 10:19 AM
    Reply # 4905000 on 4903118
    ROB COSMAN (Administrator)
    Anonymous wrote:

    Slowly building up my hand tool stash. I have a WR LAB and LAJ. Debating on what to add next. Not sure if a #6 is the next logical step, or a #4 or #4 1/2? Is a # 5 1/2 redundant since I already have the LAJ? I don't plane to be a pure hand tool guy. Will still use my lunchbox planer. Any advice/suggestions? Will stick with WR as I have about $300 in woodcraft gift cards. Also, since it's "cheap", think I'll add a #80 in there too?

    A #6 would be the best choice if you plan to use a shooting board a lot, the extra length and weight really pay off.  If  you can handle the weight, the 6 is still usable on the bench.  I would get a 6 before a dedicated smoother (4 1/2)

    Cheers
    Rob


  • 25 Jun 2017 1:28 PM
    Reply # 4916800 on 4903118
    Anonymous

    Took your advice Rob and grabbed the #6. I got it in on Thursday and proceeded to "tune it up." Couldn't wonder why I wasn't getting a consistent scratch pattern on the front of the blade, and finally put a square to it and it's very out of square...almost like a lazy U. Will send it back for one with a better blade. The heft is nice though, but we'll have to see about it with my bum shoulders.

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